We must all remember one thing, the judge in this case is delivering a message from the True Judge. As to what that message is we need to look inwards. Hashem hardened Pharoah's heart but also freed the Bnei Yisroel. Why did Hashem choose to harden the heart of Pharoah? Why is the heart of the judge in Iowa hardened?
As I have asked others, is Shalom Rubashkin’s plight perhaps a periscope image of our Din? A periscope is an instrument that uses reflection and magnification to make visible what is hidden.